This third instalment in this series is about a country that I just felt so comfortable in: Brazil. What’s so great?

Why I love Brazil - Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande, RJ province

1. The laid-back vibe.

Brazil just doesn’t seem to care what people think of it. The lifestyle is laid-back, the pace of life is slow, and Havaiana flip-flops and skimpy clothing are the order of the day. Regardless of body shape or age, people wear what they like, show their personalities and seem to have a relaxed attitude that I found very reassuring. There’s something great about feeling like you won’t be judged.

Why I love Brazil - Copacabana

Doing their own thing! Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

2. The nature.

I’ll be honest: I haven’t even scratched the surface of Brazil, not really. My travels have taken me from Rio de Janeiro, down the coast to Ilha Grande and Paraty and then inland to Iguaçu Falls, but I have seen some incredible landscapes on the way. South-eastern Brazil has tropical mountains, lush rainforest, rocky islands and gorgeous waterfalls, not to mention the hummingbirds, flowers and everything else along the way. One day I’d love to go back and see the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon rainforest. It is just an incredible country.

Why I love Brazil - Iguacu

The stupendous Cataratas do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls), on the southern border with Argentina

3. The caipirinhas!

Yes, OK, I’m going to mention alcohol! Brazil gave us the caipirinha, that sour, often lime-based drink made with cachaça sugarcane liqueur. I love a good sour drink, and caipirinhas are perfectly suited to the vibe and climate of Brazil. They are everywhere, and in many different flavours. Somehow they just don’t taste the same at home!

Why I love Brazil - Caipirinhas

Brazil’s gift to the world!

4. The colour.

Think of Brazil and you might think of tropical flowers, flamboyant samba dancers, green mountains and blue sea, or even the brightly-coloured dresses of the city and bikinis of the beaches. Brazil loves colour and I love colour, so we couldn’t really go far wrong.

Why I love Brazil - Samba

Samba, Rio de Janeiro

Why I love Brazil - Pousada

Pousada (guest house) on Ilha Grande

5. The music.

Now, to be fair, we did get rather a lot of “The Girl from Ipanema” during our 2 weeks in Brazil. But there was so much more to go with it, all played by jazzy musicians (or their CDs!) in the restaurants and bars of Brazil. There was a constant musical backdrop that just went perfectly with the vibe of the country. I do think they could have played “Copacabana” a few more times, though!


Why I love Brazil - Restaurant

Laid-back beach evenings, Ilha Grande – to the soundtrack of Brazil


So there you have it – the reasons why I love Brazil. What’s your favourite country? And why?

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